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The insidiousness of goose down revealed...
January 30, 2003 8:52 PM   Subscribe

A Brief History of Goosestepping. Shades of Busby Berkley perhaps? Or something much more sinister? To some, goosestepping is a fun and comical activity. But what about these guys?
posted by The Michael The (8 comments total)

 
It is interesting how it manages to look both silly and menacing now. Truly absurd.

But what about these guys?
Aw, leave the poor geese alone, they can't help walking like prussians, they've got no knees!
posted by malphigian at 10:36 PM on January 30, 2003


Orwell's The Lion and the Unicorn.

Not surprisingly, Benito Mussolini really liked the goose step, and eventually ordered the Italian army to adopt it. When people grumbled that it was a "German march," he countered by saying that the goose was a "Roman animal" and that the march was therefore rightfully Italian.
posted by Ljubljana at 1:19 AM on January 31, 2003


No one who speaks German could be an evil man.
posted by planetkyoto at 2:28 AM on January 31, 2003


shh...don't mention the war!
posted by Vidiot at 6:59 AM on January 31, 2003


This is just silly. If the British army had happened to adopt the goosestep at some point (doubtless renaming it the "King's March"), Orwell would have been writing about how it showed the finest traditions of english chivalry.

That being said, geese themselves truly are evil.
posted by languagehat at 8:39 AM on January 31, 2003


You haven't met a nesting swan while canoeing.
posted by y2karl at 9:11 AM on January 31, 2003


Aw, leave the poor geese alone, they can't help walking like prussians, they've got no knees!

Actually birds do have knees, basically the same sort we do, they're just up high in the feathers so it looks like they either don't have knees or have knees that bend the wrong way (which are really their ankles, scroll down to last paragraph before Feet.)
posted by blm at 1:39 PM on January 31, 2003


We practised goose-stepping march in the ROC (Taiwan) army when I served in 1996-97, and I imagine they still do it, especially in parades. It's hard on your knees, you can really hurt yourself if you don't do it right.
posted by Poagao at 7:59 PM on January 31, 2003


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